Raiders receive blackout extension

Christian Petersen

The Raiders received an extension from the NFL in an effort to sell more tickets and avoid a local television blackout.

The Oakland Raiders requested and received an extension from the NFL to meet the minimum ticket sales required to avoid a local television blackout.

The Raiders must sell 85 percent of the tickets for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs to avoid the game being blacked out locally. The deadline to meet the ticket requirement was noon on Thursday, but the Raiders received a 24-hour extension. Now, they must sell 85 percent of the tickets before noon on Friday to avoid the blackout.

Sunday's game will be Oakland's final home game of the season. Of the previous seven home games, only one has been blacked out locally. While 80 of Oakland's last 143 home games have been blacked out, the Raiders have had just one blackout since December 26, 2010.

The Raiders will attempt to snap their six-game losing streak on Sunday against Kansas City. While the game may not mean much towards the playoff standings, it could go a long way to deciding the 2013 NFL Draft order.

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